Holistic management was founded by Zimbabwean ecologist, Allan Savory. In his quest to save his beloved African wildlife, he realized that the biggest threat to, not only our wildlife, but to humanity as a whole, was the desertification of the world’s grasslands and that was caused by our reductionist management of resources.
Through this work, Allan has won a prize for person who has done most for the environment on a global scale.
Every year, BILLIONS of dollars are spent addressing the symptoms of desertification. Some of these symptoms are: droughts, floods, poverty, social breakdown, poaching, biodiversity loss, emigration to cities, violence and climate change. And because we are continuously only treating the symptoms, the problems will just keep on mounting.
Holistic management ensures that, with every management decision we make, the health of our life-supporting environment is put first. It was the precise timing and movement of natural herds that was essential to the health of the world’s grasslands and it is what kept them alive for millions of years before we came along, killed them off and did things like put up fences and upset delicate movement and balance.
The Africa Centre For Holistic Management, near Victoria Falls, has just initiated a project to holistically manage and regenerate the 450,000 hectares of Hwange Communal Lands. They will be working with the 5 village chiefs of the area who are trustees of the centre and have already been put through training there and they have learnt how, with a simple change in management, their livestock can go from being a major part of the problem, to become a very major part of the solution.
The holistic management framework will start to heal the land, rivers will become healthy and flow all year round, livestock will flourish and there will be more grazing every year as biodiversity returns.
The villagers will be supplied with the tried and tested lion-proof kraals to protect their livestock at night and they will also be supplied with the ‘elephant-proof’ bee fences, which go around their crop fields and prevent all crop-raiding animals from causing damage.
All this addresses human/wildlife conflict, and, as the grasslands improve, the wildlife will have less and less interest in the crop fields.
ACHM will then create a land-to-market project for the villagers, where they can sell their meat, vegetables and honey to the hotels and lodges around Hwange and Victoria Falls. Tourists can be taught how the food they are eating is not only completely chemical free and healthy, but is supporting local communities and that it is all regenerating habitat for wildlife. This would lead to responsible and regenerative tourism.
Please help us bring an end to poaching, enrich our soil through the communities and save our wonderful wildlife and our world in the long run.